poet Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda

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Clenched Soul

We have lost even this twilight.
No one saw us this evening hand in hand
while the blue night dropped on the world.

I have seen from my window
the fiesta of sunset in the distant mountain tops.

Sometimes a piece of sun
burned like a coin in my hand.

I remembered you with my soul clenched
in that sadness of mine that you know.

Where were you then?
Who else was there?
Saying what?
Why will the whole of love come on me suddenly
when I am sad and feel you are far away?

The book fell that always closed at twilight
and my blue sweater rolled like a hurt dog at my feet.

Always, always you recede through the evenings
toward the twilight erasing statues.

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (9/5/2020 12:08:00 AM)

    So soulful, so somber!
    The sadness is deep, touches us lightly, to linger on!
    An well deserved honor, being selected as the 'Modern Poem of the Day'!

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (9/5/2020 12:01:00 AM)

    Of love eternised through great composition of such an outstanding piece by one of the greatest poets ever 10+++++++

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (9/4/2020 9:25:00 PM)

    Sometimes a piece of sun
    burned like a coin in my hand.

    I remembered you with my soul clenched
    in that sadness of mine that you know.... //.... Exquisite portrayal of nature as a partner of human nature when it comes to expressing intricate inner feelings. Thanks.

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  • Andrew BlakemoreAndrew Blakemore (9/4/2020 4:39:00 PM)

    A well crafted piece

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (9/4/2020 11:23:00 AM)

    I remembered you with my soul clenched
    in that sadness of mine that you know.
    Soul clenched with my sadness.
    very fine poem of Pablo. tony

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  • Erin CowartErin Cowart (9/4/2020 7:52:00 AM)

    What a masterpiece of emotions! Neruda never fails to impress me...

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  • Harley WhiteHarley White (9/4/2020 6:08:00 AM)

    Marvelous poem by Neruda with amazing imagery and fresh use of words that lyrically resonate...

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  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (10/11/2019 11:29:00 PM)

    A typical Neruda poem coming straight from heart.
    Lovely.

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  • M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal (8/21/2019 1:16:00 AM)

    Outstanding poem with great imageries and emotion packed.

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  • Indira RenganathanIndira Renganathan (10/25/2016 2:25:00 AM)

    wonderful outpouring of words from hi heart.....Pablo Neruda is no doubt a great poet-10

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  • * Sunprincess * (9/14/2014 8:20:00 AM)

    .........so nicely he wrote down his feelings of missing a loved one....

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  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (9/10/2014 8:12:00 AM)

    such sadness and sorrow

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  • Kirti Sharma (6/27/2014 3:09:00 PM)

    a lovely work!
    the feelings just flows through the lines...

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  • Skywee Gh (6/27/2014 11:09:00 AM)

    you here now.but am very far away.intense emotions and reminisced portrait you creat.i like this poem.crenched soul is a wonderful piece.thank for sharing

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  • Colleen Courtney (6/27/2014 7:28:00 AM)

    A very sad and emotional write of the poet. Can feel his solitude and can picture his reminisces. A soul touching write.

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (4/27/2014 2:32:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out 

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  • Alla Simone (6/27/2013 9:44:00 AM)

    'I remembered you with my soul clenched in that sadness of mine that you know.' That's my favorite line. Such intimacy of emotion is reflected in those words. Also, an intense rawness and pain are beautifully portrayed with your words throughout the poem. I enjoyed this very much. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Godfrey MorrisGodfrey Morris (6/27/2013 12:58:00 AM)

    An awesome poem. Great Poem.

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  • Hayden ShreeveHayden Shreeve (6/27/2012 10:14:00 PM)

    Wow, a great poem by a great poet. His #1 status is well deserved

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  • Allison Helman (6/27/2012 7:13:00 PM)

    This is a truly beautiful poem. I love the colors, the clarity and the simplicity though with some of the imagery, I feel my guitar would grasp the simpatico better than myself.

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